Heating and Cooling Options for a Finished Basement

With more and more Canadians looking to maximize the economy of their home, rather than splurging with travel in these uncertain economic times, increasingly that means making previously unused space, like a basement, livable. Along with decorating, installing lighting and plumbing fixtures, is providing heating and cooling to your basement remodeling. It’s also the area where the professional technicians at Just in Time Furnace Inc. can help.

The capacity of your existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and your local climate will probably suggest the easiest and most efficient method. One of the easiest and most direct approaches is to extend your current HVAC system. The existing system must have the capacity to service the basement in addition to the other parts of the house it already heats and cools. A qualified Just in Time Furnace Inc. HVAC technician can evaluate the system - accounting for various factors such as the naturally cooler ambient temperature of the basement - and determine if it will still be effective with the additional load. If it’s determined that the existing system can be used to heat and cool the basement, the only other step is to extend the ductwork into the new living space. This will be easiest if the basement is unfinished or in the initial stages of remodeling; extensions and registers can be attached to the main supply and return ducts, and the new ductwork can be concealed between the joists of the unfinished ceiling or within as-yet-unbuilt closets.

You may also consider other climate control options for your newly finished space include an array of electric resistance heaters or consider investing in a new HVAC system for the basement, or upgrading so it handles your entire home or business. This also the time to consider adding a dehumidifier to your system, either standalone or part of the HVAC unit, to decrease moisture and help maintain a constant temperature. A consultation with an experienced contractor will be useful during this process.

Remember the three main things to figure out before selecting the best option for your home: ask yourself how frequently you’ll be using your basement, find out if it’s possible to extend your existing HVAC system, and determine if your regional climate will make either heating or cooling a greater priority.

Just in Time Furnace Inc technicians make the process easy by recommending the right unit for your home and installing it in no time at all. For any of our services, or for a free quote, contact Just in Time Furnace Inc at 403-333-6666 today for expert service and great values in Calgary.

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